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EILEEN MARY HORSFALL (published on October 06, 2010)



EILEEN MARY HORSFALL (nee MCMILLAN) April 8, 1919 - October 2, 2010 It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Eileen Horsfall at the Grace Hospice in the early morning hours of October 2, 2010 with her grandson, Graeme by her side. Eileen is lovingly remembered by her children Judith Jackson (David Skinner), Robert Horsfall, Jo-Anne Findlay (Keith), treasured grandsons Ryan (Anne) and Reid Jackson, Matthew Horsfall, Graeme and Colin Findlay and great-grandson Cooper Jackson. She is also survived by her beloved sisters and brother-in-law Ruth MacKenzie and Betty and Harold O'Connor. She was predeceased by Ben, her husband of 62 years, her parents Margaret (nee Hanson) and John McMillan, sister Marilyn Thiessen and brother-in-law Andrew MacKenzie. Eileen lived her life with grace. She lived her life with dignity. She was a true lady. She was appreciative of each day and welcomed all that it would bring. Never one to complain Eileen's warm heart, sharp mind and dogged determination served her well. Eileen was the eldest of Margaret and John McMillan's daughters. The McMillan girls, Eileen and her three sisters - Ruth, Betty and Marilyn were an unstoppable force. Although they lived during difficult times their stories were filled with joy and laughter as they reminisced about their lives on Noble Avenue, their days at St. John's High and their afternoons shopping with their mom for fabrics at Eaton's. Eileen spoke often of her mother and her ability to do so much with so little during the difficult years of the depression. She also told us of her father who loved life and was a friend to everyone. Eileen was the best of both melding her Icelandic and Scottish heritages. Eileen met Ben Horsfall at Grand Beach and they were married October 23, 1943. They were a special match. He loved to talk. She loved to listen. He was exuberant. She was reserved. He was a softie. She was our rock. And they both loved to dance. Together they were a wonderful couple and tremendous parents. Eileen and Ben had three children - Judy, Bob and Jo-Anne. We were so lucky to have Eileen as our mom. She guided, supported and celebrated our successes. She comforted, empathized and mourned our losses. She taught us resilience, gratitude and grace. We were blessed. Eileen's greatest joy in life were her five grandsons. As a proud nanny, she thought they were the best! They were so lucky to have her as their nanny and they will miss her terribly. She will watch over baby Cooper and keep him safe. Eileen also had many wonderful friends. Many she met when she returned to work in her early 50s at Eaton's Polo Park. Others she met when she took up golf at 72. Other friendships were formed through bridge clubs, her time living in Silver Heights and her recent home in Sturgeon Creek 2. She was a good friend. Over the last two and a half years Eileen's body weakened but her mind stayed sharp. During this time our sister, Judy, did all she could to ensure our mom received the best of care. For her sacrifices, we are forever grateful. Eileen was admitted to the Grace Hospice in December 2009 to spend her final days. This however was not her plan. She loved it, rallied and the staff who cared for our mother became her friends. Eileen would want us to thank her dear friends Doris Stone, Jean Shanks and Clare Classen. She would also thank Dr. A. N. Schroeder, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Hartley. Finally she would want us to thank the many loving souls who are part of the Grace Hospice. She loved you and trusted you and she felt safe in your arms. A celebration of Eileen's life will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Grace Hospice, The MS Society of Manitoba, or a charity of one's choice.


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